PM Skerrit says public servants deserve a raise but …

Public servants at at DPSU solidarity rally last week

Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has said public servants in Dominica deserve a raise but the overall welfare of Dominica must be primarily considered.

In it’s latest round of negotiations with the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU), the government has offered a wage freeze for the 2015-2018 triennium, something the union has refused to accept.

Speaking at a town hall meeting recently, Skerrit said public servants deserve a raise since they are hard working, however there are other matters to be considered.

“If you were to ask me as a citizen of this country, as Prime Minister of this country, ‘do public officers require a raise?’ I would have first said ‘yes.’ There are some who are working very hard. But at the end of the day, my friends, we have to look at the overall wealth of the country. When you give a raise that you cannot afford, how are you going to sustain it?” he remarked.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister accused General Secretary of the DPSU, Thomas Letang of bringing partisan politics into the union and its negotiation with the government.

He said there has never been a breakdown between the two parties on salary negotiations.

“If there is a breakdown, then the matter is referred to the Prime Minister who will then intervene,” he said. “What Mr. Letang is doing, by involving partisan politics in the Union and the negotiations, is a dangerous thing.”

Skerrit said that in the past, he has had occasions to discuss and negotiate with the Union and they have left “more than satisfied with the government when we negotiated.”

The DPSU held a solidarity rally on Thursday March 16th with its members.

At the rally, Letang made it clear that the proposal for a wage freeze has been rejected, challenging the government to “find the money to pay them.”

Letang said protest action is not being ruled out if demands are not met.

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  1. televangelists are false prophets
    March 22, 2017

    Bad news for all you! 0% increase!

  2. jonathan st jean
    March 22, 2017

    Skerritt has his priorities in the wrong place.He loves to be loved and will stoop to low level to get the adulation of his supporters.As prime Minister of this failed government,he thinks that by turning Dominica into a mendicant society ah la Zimbabwe or Haiti,once it doesn’t directly affect his family,then that’s fine.He gives an​ unproven youth group in Pennville $250,000 dollars of taxpayer money for agricultural projects,please will someone follow-up to find out what is the status of this group and what have they achieved.I know that this handout of monies by Skerritt can’t continue as there is no functioning productive base to sustain it.Therefore all he is doing is spreading the scarce resources thin.The civil servants have to get a raise,you gave Alix Boyd a hefty raise so why not civil servants too.You seem to have a money tree well shake it for the police and civil servants too

  3. The man is a trickster
    March 22, 2017

    Just prior to next elections he will give them a raise and manufacture a donor country, just like 2014. Dominicans continue to be taken by the lies each time, so he will continue to play on their ignorance.

  4. pydana
    March 22, 2017

    viva skerrit, In love we in love. well love must put food on our table love should pay our should give us Jobs to make us independent, make us men in our home. fathers in our house, not boy and useless because skerrit have to give us handouts. dimples we like. well I prefer an ugly man who will try his best to give me what I want and need and I not starving watching a handsome man with dimples playing with my future making it dark and he making his family future bright. dominicans expand you all environment expand you all expectations expand you all needs in life vote skerrit out you have to power to do it.

  5. John Paul
    March 21, 2017

    Can anyone correct this?
    Charlo got His 120% after Hurricane David destroyed Dominica.He brought down President Degasson made Him flee in exile then stoned Patrick John out of Office .OJ Seraphin as Prime Minister in the interim Govt was terrified the Ayatollah would shut down the Country and that is when Charlo achieved His goal of 120 %!
    Anybody know different? Correct me if I am wrong

  6. Reasoning
    March 21, 2017

    :?: This prime mistake is at the slave house with his supporters in a meeting disrespecting the PSU which was having a planned way ahead of the prime mistake! At his meeting,he the prime mistake is offering an apartment to a supporter of his labour party, who can afford to live in a rented house spending$1,500.00 a month! This is another insult and disrespect in the face of public servants who deserves a salary increase! People who are working for the state can’t afford to earn a house,but supporters of the Labour Party who can afford to pay receives a house free paid for by the same state that he the prime mistake says cannot afford to give those who work a raise!!!

  7. March 21, 2017

    The country is doing so well we keeping hearing, now it can’t substain it ?? :-D :-D :-D

    March 21, 2017

    When you give a raise that you cannot afford, how are you going to sustain it?” he remarked


    • %
      March 21, 2017

      Even those on the bloc!!!

    • John Paul
      March 21, 2017

      The criteria to get money from Skeritt is that You must become part of the Karbal.If You were beaten You must say that you should have been beaten earlier so that You would have gotten Your benefit.
      Those who have a Government Job must just put on their baa bouchette and say nothing.
      So tell me did Charles Savarin use politics in 1979? So why did Skeritt not punish Him by not having Him in His Cabinet and later nominating Him for President?

  9. March 21, 2017

    This sends out a powerful message to Dominicans at home and abroad. Surprising the workers of Dominica. What really is going on in Dominica?

  10. Lady Gaga
    March 21, 2017

    The PM only does these things because Dominicans have not realized their power. If he is getting away with it, why should he stop ? The cost of living is so high, I don’t know how people even buying food meanwhile the man wearing Versace, Versace Versace, Versace, Versace Versace…

  11. Blows in our Buttocks
    March 21, 2017

    Mister Prime Minister we are facing high levels on inflation since Pierre Charles asked us to tie our waists and pay the VAT TAX. The taxes and prices have increased and the salaries of public servants has not. A $100.00 EC. note cannot buy the amount of groceries it used to when Mamo was in power and we all know that the money has loss value. That is why your salary and that of all the ministers of government was increased by over 50% and which is why you will never feel the impact of the inflation and you don’t identify with our suffering. We are only begging for 15% increase. We deserve more but at least that would be reasonable. Public servants are being ridiculed in this country and are the ones crediting groceries from shops around the island, cannot pay their rent or buy a vehicle. Please take out some shame in our eyes.

  12. Shameless
    March 21, 2017

    Jump HIGH, Jump LOW Skerrit MUST give a raise. He don’t have a choice so with all the bravado we MUST get our raise period!

    Assertive like the rod of Moses! :twisted:

  13. Blows in our Buttocks
    March 21, 2017

    Please Hon. Prime Minister Skerrit, cost of living is Killing us and public servants have become the lowest class in our society after Stray Dogs in Roseau. We struggle on our little salary, serving and protecting the state in inhumane working conditions. When we pay our Mortgages we barely have money left to buy boxer shorts to put on us. Unproductive and Lazy people are the ones benefiting from your Government and the CBI program getting free houses and generous donations of money etc. THE PUBLIC SERVANTS HAVE RECEIVED NOTHING. We put our blood, sweat and tears into our jobs and put our lives on the line for the state. We pay the most taxes and contribute so much more yet we receive so much less. It seems you have neglected the public servants to cater for the NEP, YesWeCare and other social programs.

  14. papa
    March 21, 2017

    Dont give them they dont deserve it especially the police officers

    • John Paul
      March 21, 2017

      They beat the Salisbury People on your behalf and still Zero Zero Zero.I bet some of them still getting maypuis from that .Were the Police taken advantage of ?

    • sassy
      March 22, 2017

      @papa – not your fault. you may be u in idle hall estate, so you grudging

  15. Dominican
    March 21, 2017

    A union can hardly be accused of playing partisan politics against a sitting Labour government, given that a true political labour base is grounded in the Trade Unions.
    Mrs. Skerrit is playing his divide & rule game again I’m afraid. Don’t let him and unite.

  16. viewsexpressed
    March 21, 2017

    Dominicans, listen to this Dummy-in-a-can……listen and follow carefully: “But at the end of the day, my friends, we have to look at the overall wealth of the country. When you give a raise that you cannot afford, how are you going to sustain it?” he remarked. I am convinced that this man is a real illiterate baby sitter and a political fool who should not never, I mean never have been a Prime Mininister , let alone a Prime Minister. He behave oddly , just like some Odd Mininister from a Kangaroo island full with beasts.
    These labour people enjoyed a steady salary, we civil servants have to scrunt and this idiocy of a PM plays as if we are his poodle and playing nice Well he is deceptive, lawless, heartless and ridiculous.
    Skerrit, Go to Hell….Go to Hell…Go to Hell……we have our damn business to take care off and that is to kick your assets out of office. You are a failure and big disappointment. You have failed Dominica and stained her name. Go to Hell PM

  17. Lang Mama
    March 21, 2017

    Before election Skerrit said that salary increase would be sustained by Venezuela and a bunch of Macaque started clapping.
    On one hand passport seem to be sustaining all kinds of vote buying schemes but it cannot sustain a salary increase for civil servants.

  18. Doc. Love
    March 21, 2017

    Public servants need a raise but I have to pay all the labor party representatives who lost the last general elections. Public servants need a raise but my enlarged cabinet comes first. Public servants need a raise but it was the UWP who said the CBI money was tainted, therefore why should you want to be paid with tainted money. Public servants need a raise but I need the money to pay as many supporters as possible of the labor party, brand new toilets. Public servants need a raise but we the government have not received a raise for many years since we received the approximately fifty percent. Public servants need a raise but my NEP program comes first. Public servants need a raise but I need plenty money to pay an American firm for save the name of Dominica. Public servants need a raise but the building of an international airport comes first. Public servants need a raise but I have to travel all over the would to do my damage control because of the UWP.

  19. weh
    March 21, 2017

    So the PM has money to pay for his upcoming world trip, to give village councils, to set up a red clinic delivery service, to hire a US consulting firm, but he doesnt have money to give employees a raise?

  20. Anansi
    March 21, 2017

    1. you paying all their money to consultants who will tell you the same thing as their local qualified counterparts
    2. Only ministers seem to be eligible for a raise
    3. You kill all other industry, so you’re right in saying that CBI is not for recurring revenue – glad to know you now see the folly of the program
    4. “I cannot break into my travel budget”
    5. “Monies have been already allocated for other pressing projects”
    6. “It will drive up the rate of inflation”
    And the best reason,
    7. “These monies have already been allocated to campaign funds”

  21. Erasmus B. Black
    March 21, 2017

    “The overall welfare of Dominica must be considered”. Is this from the head of the same government that has allegedly secretly hired a United States strategic communication firm at an alleged cost of US $30,000 per month? On another note, what happened to the so-called Poverty Reduction Specialist that government appointed to the civil service more than two years ago to allegedly “foster economic growth”. Did he fall down on the job? Where is the bulk of civil service salaries going?

    • viewsexpressed
      March 21, 2017

      You wasting your time asking the most illiterate and dubious and corrupt Pcrime, oddly enough Ministers Dominica has ever seen.
      I wonder what`s this person’s name,. Guess he will soon Go to Hell X3. Dominicans, we are in big trouble

  22. Look It
    March 21, 2017

    Skerrit entire plan to get away with all what he is doing; to get away with the slowest growing GDP in the region, with the highest unemployment rate in the region, with an economy in ruins, with taking away the independence of a people as they develop a stretched out hands, open palms begging culture, is to simply DIVIDE THE NATION!


    when are Dominicans going to see what Skerrit is doing, has been doing and continues to do…ALL HE HAS TO SAY IS SOME CRAP THAT ALLUDES TO UWP BEING INVOLVED AND ALL DLP SUPPORTERS START ACTING DUMB.

    All I am saying, when Letang fights to get this salary increase, and he succeeds, I hope you all will not take it, I hope you all will go to which ever establishment and say please remove that X percentage increase I DOH WANT IT!

  23. Roger
    March 21, 2017

    Bossu garbage mr there for 17 bloody years now and he talking bout how he goin sustain it????? But time for Mr to get the hell out of there now man… the man giving village councils how much moneyyyyyy and heven Kia give raise…where the hell is the opposition? ?? What they doin what they saying bout the poor civil servants and public officers I not Hella ring them!!! Now is the perfect time to shut that bloody country down…what the hell a Ringle is that !we have to put an end to that crap… so we goin to accept that???? No man no man..rise the hell up!! This incompetent people there for so long and they can’t offer 15 % increase??? U goin accept lower than 15? No wayyyy. Common man dominicans!!! We have to fix our country back boss… mr them not dojn nothing..they getting richhhhhhuh they need to get the hell out of there now!!!!!

  24. D.H.P
    March 21, 2017

    From all of the funds being generated from the CB program……

  25. %
    March 21, 2017

    If Thomas Letang was singing your CORRUPT PARTYS TUNE,like some other unions,he would not be accused of brginging partisan politics into the union…I am so VERY HAPPY that the public servants REJECTED Gregoires rhetoric,and your rhetoric,and turned out to the rally in a big way….The People are No Longer Hiding…They are leaving the HIDING for you Skerrit..YOU REMEMBER CBS 60minutes programme????When you hide??Oh boy,Thats what you got the PhD in. HOPES LETANG RESPONDS TO YOU APPROPRIATELY,since he is not asking for any favour .

  26. dominica for alah wii
    March 21, 2017

    you have money to give all your bisawel dem in your constituency. they even walking around boasting they doe have to work because their money sure. garcon gimme a break eh!!

  27. #youmustGO
    March 21, 2017

    Vertical incompetent leader. No raise for public servants but enough money to build houses for a few of your supporters? Dominica has had enough of your lying tactics enough is enough you gotta go.

  28. weh
    March 21, 2017

    If the PM cant afford to give public servants a raise, then where is he getting the money from to run red clinic every wednesday?

  29. zandoli
    March 21, 2017

    Why are they, in 2017, negotiation salary increases going back to 2015? Our company is unionized and except when they negotiate just past the expiration of the contract, it is always forward looking.

    • Enough already
      March 21, 2017

      Everything in this country is backward

  30. March 21, 2017

    The fact is that the government would like to support a raise for public officers, the people deserve it. However, the percentage the DPSU is asking for, at this time, is out of the question. It’s simple.

    • Old Fool
      March 21, 2017

      Ok, I get it that the 15% been asked for at this time is unsustainable but please answer me this, why haven’t the government made a counter proposal of at least 5%, 1% for 2015, 2% for 2016 and 2% for 2017.
      Also, please answer me this other question, how is it that an increase for the HARD WORKING public servant although overdue is not sustainable but a 100% increase for the politicians is sustainable. In answering, take into account the other fringed benefits that the politician enjoys such as per diem, travel and entertainment.

  31. dominica for alah wii
    March 21, 2017

    skerrit shut up!!! you the one who started doing this crap about involving politics in every damn thing. dont blasted cry when pple follow the have slid your slimy political tentacles into ever nook and cranny of Dominica and now wana turn around and talk about people bringing politics into whatever. shame on you!!!

  32. %
    March 21, 2017

    Skerrit the public servants MUST and SHALL get a salary increase..They deserve it more than those who sit by the roadside and get FREE MONEY…Dont pretend that you wont give a raise, and come at the 11th hour as though you are GOD and S
    AVIOUR and give it.Who does not know your TRICKERY!!!The resources of Dominica are not for one man to buy political ilonfluence.IT BELONGS to the public servants too.

  33. NUWPl
    March 21, 2017

    Is not the first time Thomas late-ta dragging public officers to politics uno. And ofcus he can protest. It’s his right to do so. BUT HE MUST DO IT WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE LAW. YOu lead a some political public officers some years ago in a protest where they didn’t go to work. And wat happen the loose days of work. U didn’t get paid for it. Simple bcus of ur politics. But we are focus and the vast majority of public officers is satisfied with the govt and they no govt is in their interest. So he can come with all his rotifer people and NON PUBLIC OFFICERS MAKING UP CROWD TO HIS RALLY IT NOT TROUBLEING US. Just see the pic DNO post. Almost all is people in the 60’s and 70’s. The real working class don’t take Thomas and his rubbish on. So u all will get a raise in pay but is a reasonable one the country can afford. Cus increas is not for one month. It’s a pay govt has to sustain monthly yearly ect. So we will give Wat the country can afford. But it will be reasonable. Ok…

    • %
      March 21, 2017

      You will not tell Letang what to do…Are you getting free money,and you are defending it? Well the public servants deserve a DECENT RAISE!

    • Look It
      March 21, 2017

      So every time civil servant are fighting for a raise is politics…..Skerrit and his supporters PAAAAApleaseeee!!!

      Skerrit, you are the one making it a political thing….government workers throughout the world have protested against issues at work, be it salaries or working conditions…. so when gwada people shut down the ports because they are protesting, it’s political?
      You too smart, you know if you say so, your dumb followers like this fool NUWPI will believe it and run with that crap.

      • %
        March 21, 2017

        What Skerrit wants to hear is only his POLLUTED and CORRUPTED DLP…He does not even realise that he is LOSING the battle.

    • SALAOP
      March 21, 2017

      The politics in your derierre he dragging. Next Erica will be worst

    • Stinky Smoothie
      March 21, 2017

      Really people in their 60s and 70s. All those who did not make it their business to be in attendance are the ones calling the votes clerks, treasury, banks and credit unions to find out when salaries (including the same increase we fighting for) are being paid. Soon the 60s and 70s will not be there, they will stay with what is on their pay check for the rest of their lives in the public service. Tantoe Tantoe.

    • concern citizen
      March 21, 2017

      Thank U Mr. NUWPI,
      I support UR. comments 100%+ what U said is very true, cause most of the public officers left their general secretary to lesson to and they go and lesson to their OPRESSOR, so let SKERRIT continue to oppress them for the rest of their stay in the public service

  34. Concern dominican
    March 21, 2017

    Just give the ppl some incentive for the hard work you have just recognised

  35. The Dasheen House
    March 21, 2017

    “Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has said public servants in Dominica deserve a raise but the overall welfare of Dominica must be primarily considered.”

    Some of the overall welfare of Dominica that must be primary considered are:
    1. We must pay USD $30,000 a month to Mercury to help us manage the crisis Skerrit put us in
    2. We must build a house for the dasheen man that was allegedly beaten by…u know who
    3. We must give extra $$ to Skerrit so he could travel around the world to do damage control of damage caused by him
    4. We have to build an international airport somewhere in the sky and as a result we must fly American firms to and from Dominica for airport design, since Skerrit is afraid of going to the US
    5. We have to give to pay to a few public officers that are working very hard twisting truth for us

  36. March 21, 2017

    Well Letang know exactly why he’s acting so. This is politically motivated; we’re well aware of Letang’s deep affiliations with Lennox dem.

  37. March 21, 2017

    But Mr. Letang is highly impossible. “Find the money…” stupes.

    • Willie
      March 21, 2017

      You obviously don’t know your history, or you have completely forgotten what Charles Savarin used to say in 1979
      Ask him

    • Shameless
      March 21, 2017

      Tell Skerro doh find it and he will see who is really boss. He or the people. :twisted: :twisted: . Mr. Letang did not ask for raise for himself he asked for public servant tee in-yo-want (ignorant).

      Assertive like the rod of Moses! :twisted:

    • John Paul
      March 21, 2017

      Charlo wanted 120 % and He got it From OJAY after Hurricane David destroyed the place so Erika is a joke

  38. Trish
    March 21, 2017


    Doh give them notten. They too crook.

    • Anonymous
      March 21, 2017

      And you are illiterate, typical blind Skerrit follower.

  39. Dan is de man in de Van
    March 21, 2017

    Skerit all this should be considered when you discuss the budget once again u and your inept lazy party members don’t even know about sustainability. Now u asking when u give a raise u cannot afford how r u going to sustain it,

    Don’t u discuss these types of things at meetings. What do U discuss in par lay ment if not the welfare of your citizens. Sacway toneh… u all are tired have no vision and really need to vacate the premises….. BUDGET should be the main concern of yours after all u are the Finance or fine a.. minister… how can salary increase not be on your list of discussion and implementation…….. one year salary increase should be budgeted . This should be made available. It has happened before it’s not new….. find the money and pay theses people and stop having them begging u. It’s not a favor u are doing them, theses people are hard working individuals who deserve a pay rise…. all theses money u have throwing left right and center for your own…

  40. Shaka Zulu
    March 21, 2017

    “If you were to ask me as a citizen of this country, as Prime Minister of this country, ‘do public officers require a raise?’ I would have first said ‘yes.’ There are some who are working very hard. But at the end of the day, my friends, we have to look at the overall wealth of the country. When you give a raise that you cannot afford, how are you going to sustain it?” he remarked.

    This is a case of a prime minister who says one thing and does something else. I have one question. Why do you have and still continue to create more walfare programs which by nature are fluctuating cost? Skerrit is a mentally sick man and will drag Dominica down the financial abyss. Venezuela and Cuba and all the other socialist states are case studies. It is only a matter of time.

    • %
      March 21, 2017

      MORE WELFARE PROGRAMMES?To buy votes…Once you are depending on this party,they must have your vote first.

  41. Lenovo
    March 21, 2017

    Skerritt I don’t want to hear your foolishness,,,,just give me my …… money!!! :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  42. really
    March 21, 2017

    really they can’t afford to increase our salaries by a lil percentage smh… but they can do a 50million dollar campaign that money alone can give us the wage increase that we deserve … they could increase thier salaries by 50% in one go but they can’t offer us a lil 3 % or something

    • dee
      March 22, 2017

      what you complaining about nah ?
      did you complain when they gave themselves 50% ?
      that was when complaints should have been lodged
      and similar rise demanded for all public servants.
      Its too late now , T I I A T ( take it in allu tail.)

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